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    A 19 YEAR old Belgian virus writer known to the industry as Gigabyte has been arrested.

    The writer was famous for her attacks on Sophos spokesman Graham Cluley.

    She even invented a virus called Coconut where you could throw coconuts at him and each time you hit him, one less file on your PC would be infected.

    Her spat with Cluley was over his comments on virus writers being pimply teenage boys who lacked social skills.

    Gigabyte found Cluley's gender stereotyping offensive and told "Tech Live" in a 2002 interview.

    "The world should know there are female virus writers out there. But it's certainly not my motivation for virus writing. I do this for myself, not for the whole world. Other females don't need me to stand up for them. They can do it for themselves."

    According to Belgium's La Libre Belgique newspaper, police said Gigabyte was preparing to publish new viruses on her website, which was shut down after her arrest.

    Police also reportedly confiscated her five computers Gigabyte's real name has not been released, but the university student has written four low impact visus Quis, Coconut, Sahay, and Sharp, or Sharpei, the first virus written in Microsoft .Net's C# language.

    Gigabit attracted the anger of some of the hacker community. One German hacker, known as NeoZiX, claimed that a girl could not have written the Sharp code and that Gigabyte must have replaced the name of a male writer in the source code.

    "You're a girl ... the kitchen and the crockery [are] better for you," NeoZiX said.

    IT magazine writers were also interested in her relationship with another virus writer called Nostalg1c which was dubbed as a relationship made in Hell.

    Belgian police have charged Gigabyte with 11 counts of computer data sabotage under a law written in 2000 to deal with computer crimes. She now faces a three jail term and a hefty fine.

    In a statement on its website Sophos security analyst Carole Theriault said: "Being an outspoken female in a male-dominated arena, as well as her strange relationship with my colleague, Graham Cluley, has made her a favourite for the media. The simple fact is that writing and distributing viruses is not cool, and one wonders why such a young and obviously clever girl would flirt with the path of a common criminal."

    -http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=14428

    *while I find her reasons for writing the viruses childish, this 'NeoZiX' comments are absoutly revolting. :shoot2:
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    No offence m8 but this is kinda old news. :)

    I'd love to teach her a lesson though, let's put that girl on a leash..

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    yesterday is old news? :confused:

    anyway, i posted it mainly because of that idiot NeoZiX's comments
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    Weird, I read about that little girl two or three weeks ago in a Swedish newspaper.

    NeoZiX who the heck is that..:confused:

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    hell if i know who he is, but he was quoted in the article i posted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by minibubba
    hell if i know who he is
    Don't worry, I won't tell.. :shh:

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    Quote Originally Posted by The__tweaker
    I'd love to teach her a lesson though, let's put that girl on a leash..
    still not got a girlfriend mate?
    gosh, how surprising.

    :rolleyes2

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    That whole ordeal is rather more pathetic than amusing to me.
    As i know of more then a hanfull of male egotist hackers who have claimed credit/publishing rites for her efforts, especially Quis & Sharpei..........mostly deutsch nationals.........must be the climate:barf:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunshine
    still not got a girlfriend mate?
    gosh, how surprising.
    The sig might clue you in.

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    Anyone got her pic?? ROFL I'd think that would be floating around the net for sure...
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